Backed by his sample-heavy production, Statik has always focused on delivering an authentic product to the masses. His consistency, along with pairing the right rappers for collaborations, is the reason why his co-sign still carries a lot of weight today. Statik’s fifth studio album Extended Play, is due out June 18, but we caught up with Statik this week at the XXL Freshmen concert to chop it up about how this album was pieced together.

“I look at it is an extended play for the kind of boom-bap hip-hop I have been fighting for the last 18 years I’ve been DJing,” Statik says. “For the last ten years, a certain group of people have been fighting to keep it alive, and now we are back.”

Fans of Statik’s Population Control will be pleased to know he didn’t stray too far away from his usual collaborators. Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Termanology, Joell Ortiz and a few others return for the album while Statik also taps some newer MCs in the game, notably Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, the Flatbush Zombies, Mac Miller and Hit-Boy. Extended Play promises to please fans looking for unadulterated hip-hop. Here, Statik gives us a song-by-song preview of his self-produced album, explaining why guys like Busta Rhymes and Macklemore didn’t make the cut, and how the rest of Extended Play came to be.—As told to Eric Diep (@E_Diep)